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Pitch Black (Detective Lorimer Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
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However, this is not a book about football; it is about human beings, their underlying motives and drivers, and what they will do to bring them to fruition (or to stop others from bringing theirs to fruition!)
Borrow it, beg it, or even buy it - but I can recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys any form of crime fiction.
The investigating officer, DCI William Lorimer of the Strathclyde Police, is very competent and has a team whom he inspires, but his charisma does not come through on the page. At the beginning of the story Lorimer and his English teacher wife, Maggie, are ending their holiday on Mull when a stray ginger cat appears, stays with them and is taken back to their Glasgow home [and named ‘Chancer’] until its owner can be found. Naturally Maggie and the reader hope that this will not be the case. This sub-plot continues through the whole book and is linked to the couple’s inability to have children of their own.
Lorimer returns to work to investigate the killing of a Kelvin player , Nico Faulkner, who appears to have been stabbed to death by his wife, Janis, in a domestic dispute. However, whilst she is in prison two other killings occur, of a referee and another player, and if these can be linked together the wife will be released. There is a ghost of a former player that appears and seems to be linked to the killings whilst the club’s chairman is, naturally, not the straightforward businessman that he claims to be.
The team players and staff are listed at the front of the book, which is helpful since few, if any, stand out as individuals. Gray includes excerpts from match commentaries that sound very clunky until one reads them out loud with the correct note of excitement; however they do not add any additional information.Read more ›
More murders relating to the Club follow and DCI Lorimer is assigned as SIO. Lorimer's character is endearing and interesting but it lacks something in "Pitch Black" concerning detection skills and interaction with other police officers. The pace seems to plod along at first. Once the murderer is detected - which is not revealed to the reader - Gray cleverly quickens the pace as there is a rush to catch the killer. There are plenty of motives and not until the end do you guess who the killer is.
There is a theme running through the novel regarding a lost ginger cat which is given a home by Maggie Lorimer which seems to represent having loved and lost - but I felt it was dull and detracted from the main plot.
However Gray has used some good techniques to bring "Pitch Black" alive, with short passages within one chapter, giving the feeling that actions are being carried out simultaneously, radio commentries and press cuttings. She also brings the landscape a visual vitality and as stated on the dust jacket bring Glasgow to life.
Overall I found this an enjoyable read but not to the level of the more "seasoned" crime writers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A page turner from first to last with believable characters and good storylines. I look forward to reading the next in the seriesPublished 9 months ago by Cricketer
Tedious. Hollow characters, backdrop and disappointing finale. A chore to finish this book.Published 18 months ago by Ray Santer
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